ATD Flight Systems, LLCKMKC
4 reviews

ATD Flight Systems is Kansas City’s premier flight training academy. We’re conveniently located at the

Charles Wheeler airport, just minutes from downtown KC. We also offer charter services in our Citation


Simulators, flight instruction, snack machine, coffee, ice, Wi-Fi, loaner headsets, pilot supplies, charters

CFI Rate: $55.00/hr
CFI Ground Rate: $55.00/hr


Operator Procedures

Fueling Aircraft

The GA Terminal on the west side of the field near taxiway Lima has two self-serve pumps for 100LL. Each aircraft has an ATD Flight Systems Phillips credit card in a vinyl pocket in each aircraft log. Turn in receipts at the end of each flight please!

Access to Aircraft

During business hours: ATD has a dispatcher at the front desk/counter from 8:00am – 5:00pm seven days a week. Renters are asked to fill out a dispatch form prior to each flight and verify the aircraft status. The keys are kept locked away until the dispatcher receives a completed dispatch form. Ramp access is located through the main lobby.

After business hours: Coordination with the ATD dispatcher via telephone (816-221-8455) prior to closing will ensure the aircraft log, and aircraft key is placed in the lock box. The lock box is located in the front hallway across from the main office. The building/hangar may be accessed after hours by coordinating with Signature flight Support (816-842-8484). The code to ATD’s lock box is 0601.

Returning the Aircraft

During business hours: Fill out the aircraft log sheet with the Hobbs and Tachometer times, your name, the date and check that you received fuel/or not. Any aircraft discrepancies shall be squawked in the aircraft log and communicated verbally to the ATD dispatcher. Also, if the discrepancy is a grounding item, write the squawk on the white board located on the wall across from the dispatch counter, so that other pilots are immediately aware the airplane is grounded.

After business hours: Drop the aircraft log and key in the after hours return slot located on the wall adjacent to the lock box.

Getting Reimbursed if You Buy Fuel Elsewhere

Turn receipts in to dispatch and mark that you purchased fuel in the aircraft log. Fuel cost is deducted from your ATD invoice.

Mechanical Problems at Another Airport

Contact ATD Flight Systems via telephone (816-221-8455), Tony Robbins, Chief Instructor (816-550-9876 or Bill Hays, Owner (913-485-3563). We will coordinate with you and our Chief Mechanic, Doug Hereford (913-461-6038)

Securing Aircraft

Make sure the aircraft is secured with chocks, and parked on the white line facing west. Call Signature Flight Support (816-842-8484) to have the airplane put to bed in the hangar if returning after normal business hours.

Caution areas where hangar rash is most likely

Enter and exit the ATD ramp at Hangar 6B via taxiway Delta. Do not enter from the south side through the Sprint Nextel ramp.

What fuel load to expect and how to change it

Fuel is at the pilots’ discretion due to weight and balance. If a pilot has a fuel request, they may call 816-221-8455 during business hours prior to their rental period.

Local Airspace Considerations

Best Way to Get Flight Following

Contact Kansas City Approach Control on 118.40, state “off downtown”, direction of flight and altitude.

Local reporting points

Plaza Shopping, Sports Complex, Worlds of Fun, etc. See the TAC chart.

Typical TFR considerations

The Truman Sports complex where the Royals and Chiefs play. Also, the Kansas Speedway during Nascar events.

Local Airfield Operations

Taxiway/runway incursion hotspots

Yes, especially taxiway Delta. Don’t taxi past the hold short line accidentally after landing on runway 03 if tower tells you to hold short 19. The hold short lines are very close together.

Taxiing to the runways

Departing south use runway 19. Taxi via Delta, Lima and Foxtrot for an intersection departure, (or ask tower for full length… always a safe bet) Departing north use runway 03 or 01. Taxi via Delta, Foxtrot to 03 or continue across 03 via Alpha for runway 01.

What does the tower want you to do before you call ready for takeoff?

Do your run-up. Also, if assigned runway 01 for takeoff it’s common to do your run-up west of runway 03 by the L-1011 at the Airline History museum. Be sure to clarify this with ground control.

Run up area

Runway 19 at Kilo has an intermediate run-up pad. It has almost enough room for 2 airplanes. Runway 03 or 01 do your run-up by the L-1011 located by the Airline History Museum at the south end of Foxtrot.

Traffic Pattern Altitude

1800’ MSL

Preferred pattern entries

Left traffic for runway 01 and 03 works best. This way you won’t have to fly so close to the buildings southeast of the airport.

Special Cautions for Flying the Pattern

The downtown buildings are located southeast of the field and are in the way of a normal right traffic pattern. If tower instructs you to fly right traffic for runway 01 the right base will require a steep/tight approach north of the buildings. You may also consider extending your downwind to fly base south of the buildings (over more concrete jungle). The best alternative is to “request” cross over midfield and enter left traffic for runway 01. This keeps you clear of all obstacles.

Where to tell tower you are taxiing to after landing

“taxiing to hangar 6 Bravo”

Local Flight Planning Tips

Local Hazards

Everything southeast of MKC is a minefield of towers and obstructions. Know your minimum safe altitudes and be alert to where you’re going.

Best airports to visit in the area

PLK or BBG, in Branson is home to many different attractions and entertainment. K81, Miami County Airport is the most popular place for local fly-in “We-B Smokin” BBQ and Sat/Sun breakfast. 1K1, Lloyd Stearman Field is a nice little fly-in community with an awesome Bar & Grill located on the field. STJ, St. Joseph is home to the Missouri Air National Guard C130 group and a nice little restaurant under the control tower.

Best sights to see nearby from the air

The Country Club Plaza is Kansas City’s premiere shopping and dinning district. During the holiday season this 15 blocks is lighted with thousands of glimmering, jewel-colored lights. Many pilots flock to see the lights from the air. K59, Atchison is home to Amelia Earhart. See the earthwork tribute just less than 3 miles southeast.

Air carrier arrival paths to be avoided

Class B airspace from the west to northeast of MKC. The base of class B is 4000’ directly over MKC but drops to 3000’ and 2400’ respectively. If departing or arriving west of MKC, be cautious of low airline traffic in class B when MCI is landing north.

Unique weather challenges/microclimates

Sometimes the terrain and buildings south of the airport can produce turbulence down low.

Local terrain considerations

The Missouri river wraps around the west and south sides of MKC. The terrain isn’t exactly flat but there are buildings, antennas and bluffs to consider.

Local laws not listed on the charts

Use a clockwise pattern at 2500’ and use frequency 123.45 over the country club plaza-shopping district during holiday seasons to view the lights.

Optical Illusions

At night MKC can be difficult to locate. Follow the river and look for the rotating beacon and REIL… or the dark spot in the middle of the city lights!

Dec. 15, 2013, 1:40 a.m.

ATD Flight Systems, LLC is rated 5.0 out of 5 stars from 4 reviews.
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601 Lou Holland Dr.
Kansas City, MO 64116
ATD Flight Systems, LLC

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